My grandmother was a communist. I also suspect she was an informer, but that doesn't matter anymore, she has Alzheimer's. I was about 9 in 1990. When the miners came, she took me by the hand, and we went out into the streets to cheer. People were chanting Iliescu-Roman and clapping in tandem. Then, the miners beat the hooligans to the same rhythm. Watching TV, I thought war was about to break out, the way I had read about in storybooks. There was no war, because women didn't want to do money or foreign currency, only Roman.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruţă-Tănăsescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In June 2021, the group has 6.650 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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